June 22, 2013
'ObamaPhones started under Reagan!' Your point?
Established in 1985, the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers was a noble thought. It was designed to provide telephone service for qualifying low-income consumers -- to provide poor people with access to emergency services, families, and jobs. The program was expanded in 1996 to include cell phones. The first cell phone service was begun in 2008, provided by SafeLink Wireless, under the TracFone umbrella. Current Lifeline Program eligibility requirements are: Be at or below 135 percent of the federal Poverty Guidelines OR participate in one of the following assistance programs: Medicaid Food Stamps or SNAP SSI TANF Section 8 Housing LIHEAP Free Lunch Program Other government give-away programs You can see how the government defines "poor." The program, part of the Universal Service Fund (USF), is paid for by telecommunications service providers that contribute to the federal USF based on a percentage of their end-user...(Read Full Article)